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Hi Ing,

So much to report so here goes!

Cambodia

The kits sent to Cambodia are now in their hands of the girls at the Heart & Love Centre in Siem Reap. This centre offers food, shelter, clothing, school uniforms, medical and dental care and access to educational facilities in a safe family environment for 43 homeless, orphaned vulnerable or abandoned children.

The feedback from Heartprint's Facebook page was great as the girls were given a session on how to use the product as well as personal hygiene. 

Timor Leste


Our first shipment to Timor Leste was recently taken over by Rotary Ashmore. I am sure that seeing the end result makes your hard work more meaningful. We are hoping to have some additional information for the next newsletter on the area where these kits were distributed and the impact on the girls and the village because it really does help understand the value and importance of the work that is being done through your efforts.

Sewing Days

Wasn't our new venue at Trinity Lutheran College on Cotlew Street simply fantastic! It was so nice to be in such a large venue that is very generously made available to us at no charge and for this we are so grateful.

I was pleasantly surprised by our numbers as many of our regulars were either overseas, interstate or just had other family commitments but the support that we got was simply fantastic and it was especially nice to welcome a number of first timers - especially Michelle and Molly (from Maleny Interact) who trekked all the way from Maleny to attend. It was also great to see so many guys attend - instead of initially being just one, then two and then three - we were up to six this time with everyone being fully utilised. It is quite interesting that there were only six ladies sewing out of the 24 people working so there is plenty to do for everyone!

Special thanks also to the Rotary e-Club of NextGen members - Ian, Heather, Angelo and Sheryl - who helped with setting up the room. This is such a labour intensive task so your help is much appreciated.

The next sewing day is booked so grab your calendars and note the date of 11 June. There was some conjecture that this was a long weekend but not so in Queensland.

We are hoping to get even more people coming along to the next sewing day to help as packing will be a major part of the day.

Your efforts are fantastic

There is so much work being done at home between sewing days by people and this makes a huge difference to what we are able to achieve. This is fantastic and truly appreciated. If you have material at home to either wash, cut, iron or sew, can you please drop me a quick email to let me know how your work is progressing.

Over the last month, I have been touched by the efforts of some individuals or groups and the contribution that you have made to the Days for Girls Gold Coast Team. In no particular order, I would like to thank:

  • Paula - an employee of Spotlight Ashmore who saw a flyer in the lunch room and donated some gorgeous coloured face washers
  • Rotary Club of Ashmore - a huge amount of sewn items, knickers, soaps and zip lock bags
  • Charmaine - who has been helping since the project started and has sewn another huge bundle of liners and fabric
  • Bernadette - who donated rolls of fabric
  • Annette and Doug - who have joined the project with a passion and a very generous donation of PUL (the waterproof fabric) and for organising to collect this from Brisbane
  • A friend of Karen Wibberley's who donated 100 face washers


Looking Forward

We have been busy mapping out plans for the next six to twelve months and are currently seeking Expressions of Interest from people and groups that are interested in taking kits from us. We have a number that we will be writing to but please feel free to send me an email if you are interested. There is certain information that we will need to know - specifically where the kits will go, how the kits will be delivered and how many kits are needed and when.

We're looking at a minimum of 400 kits in the next six months and would love to be able to do the same in the following six months but to do this we will need to do some fundraising.

Grill'd

It was great last weekend when we popped into Grill'd to check on our progress with their Local Matters program. At the time we were in second place so if you are at Pacific Fair and looking for a bite to eat, please support them and put your cap in our jar. The jar with the most caps gets $300 and it is $100 for each of the runners up.

Facebook

Make sure that you like the Days for Girls Gold Coast Facebook page. There is a photo album with photos from the last sewing day that you can see here.

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Is it worth it?

Girls worldwide suffer indignities, infection, even exploitation trying to stay in school.
Your support of DfG kits changes lives.


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